The field of global economy and diplomacy converge in an innovative launch of a new program that will train students around the world in the field of economic diplomacy. The global economy is changing and with it comes a new demand for studying
The University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy is collaborating with three of the most esteemed universities in Korea, France, and Canada to offer a certificate program that prepares students for working in the field of global economics. The Paris School of International Affairs; HEC Montreal; and the Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, Korea will offer classes as well as opportunities for collaboration on case studies and create faculty exchanges. After the certificate is complete, students will have an opportunity to compete for a prestigious summer internship.
The program commences in fall of 2019, starting with an economic diplomacy course. This education will prepare students for a 2020 summer internship with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which the foremost economic think tank on global trade. It is located in Paris.
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said the university was proud to be a part of the global collaboration that trains the next generation of students as well as executives who will help shape world economic policy. The collaboration is a good example of how the university provides opportunities for students to participate in the vanguard on issues that have an international impact.
The world of economic diplomacy revolves around creating policy and results within realms such as foreign investment, trade, lending, creating free trade agreements, upholding sanctions, as well as international cooperation. These are technical skills that are critical and require a deep understanding of successful negotiations and decision making.
The students participating across the globe in the program are likely to be some of the next generations of policymakers and the School of Global Policy and Strategy is ready to represent the country and help standardize the field of study.
People have studied within this field for years and institutions like the World Bank and the World Trade Organization are decades old, but there is now a school of thought that they that questions the benefit of their economic policies and demands that they also should be inclusive and they require fundamental institutional changes.
Renee Bowen, associate professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy believes these institutions should not become defunct or discarded but they should be restructured to reflect the changes happening in the world. Bowen will become the head of the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy, a new research center at GPS that will analyze the connection between commerce and diplomacy.
Bowen hopes the international program will prepare upcoming students to possess an in-depth knowledge of how business necessities and diplomatic objectives can coincide. This is a critical skill as more companies are global, in that they are headquartered in one location yet have links in other countries. Countries and people are linked by economics and the idea of competition has changed, Bowen said. Rather companies, countries, and people need to consider partnerships and mutually beneficial economic interests.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has also meant a potential housing crisis that impacts tenants, landlords, and property management groups. To enact tenant protections, a San Diego tenant's rights group is now advising members to halt their rent payments until the health crisis is over.
This call to action is not particular to San Diego's tenant rights groups. There have been calls across the globe via grassroots advocacy on social media. On Wednesday the tenant’s union and the San Diego Tenants United held a virtual town hall for a rent strike.
They say the consequences of job and income loss from the stay at home orders issued by the government have provided an opportunity for the wealthy to exploit working-class people. They believe it is important for tenants to stand together and plan emergency contingencies that will keep them afloat. But they also are suggesting that tenants write a letter to their landlords stating their inability to pay rent.
The groups have said about 100 people are participating in the rent strike and sent a formal letter to their landlord. The document states that if they have the ability they will make a partial payment and that they are unlikely to be able to make further payments until the end of the crisis.
As a rebuttal, the Southern California Rental Housing Association has also issued a statement. They say that state protections already formulated are helping tenants to make timely payments. They also say nonpayment of rental fees could hurt the entire property management supply chain. This means landlords, as well as the essential staff needed for them to operate efficiently, would be damaged by the rent strike, they said. No one wins in a rent strike and there are long term consequences, the SCRHA said.
On March 25, the San Diego City Council ordered a moratorium on evictions until May 31. The emergency ordinance states that landlords cannot evict a tenant for nonpayment starting from March 12, but that would not preclude recovering rent at a later date.
San Diego Housing Commission designed a website during the eviction moratorium launch to provide information to tenants who may qualify for rent relief. Those who qualify must provide proof to their landlord that they have experienced a significant loss of income or have medical bills from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The moratorium gives tenants relief of six months from March 25 to repay their unpaid rent.
City Council President Georgette Gomez said the website and rent relief was only the first step in the process and an additional measure will be to ensure that residents and small business owners know their rights and responsibilities to be protected.
San Diego County, as well as Chula Vista and San Marcos, also have created ordinances to protect and assist tenants and Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order to stop evictions across the entire state for renters who are impacted by COVID-19.
Assemblyman Todd Gloria, San Diego Democrat, has announced a plan to assist rental property owners. He believes it is equally important to help landlords because no one group is invulnerable.
BALBOA PARK —
Lilian Vanvieldt was one of 9,000 people who came to Balboa Park for the 23rd annual Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure.
The race, filled with people wearing the color pink as far as the eye could see, intends to bring awareness that breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women each year in the U.S.
Vanvieldt is one of those women and is a cancer survivor who also participated in the first year of having been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. At her first race event, she had been receiving chemotherapy treatment. She was losing her and her nails were turning black and she frequently felt ill and surprised by the fact that she had no family history of cancer, she said.
Attending her that first race helped her find discover a community of inspiring people who were also either going through treatment or had already endured the battle.
Vanvieldt said attending was meaningful to her because it was an opportunity to commune with others who understood what was happening to her and that she, in turn, could support other women. Seeing an array of people who beat cancer and realizing that death was not a certainty was critical to her mental health, she said.
This year thousands of people walked and ran either a 5k or one-mile courses and wore everything from tutus, and superhero capes to umbrellas and mouse ears all in the color pink to represents the breast cancer awareness cause. There were also lots of dogs wearing pink to represent “Pups for the Cure.”
Race for the Cure is the largest event of the year for Komen San Diego. Hundreds of thousands of dollars raised are used to find free services to detect breast cancer. Mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies as well as tests for early detection are part of the battery of tests used to arm with health knowledge. The funding also supports services for women who are currently living with breast cancer who require resources for rent or mortgage assistance, transport, childcare, meal deliveries as well as cosmetic needs such as wigs.
The money raised is also used to fund research and San Diego is a hub of that work. The Komen chapter is also a legislative advocacy supporter. They fought for a bill that helped make access to fertility preservation easier for women and men are undergoing cancer treatment.
The race this year raised more than $700,000 and efforts to raise more will continue until November 11.
The race is a pivotal strategy for raising not only awareness but also is responsible for research and treatment advances globally, said Shaina Gross, president, and CEO of Susan G. Komen San Diego.
The organization is thankful for people who have supported the cause for the last 22 years. Their support has meant improved treatment, drugs, and better quality services, said Gross. It is an example giving back among people who understand and empathize, she said.
Hillary Condon is one among many examples of people who have had increased access to care from Komen in San Diego. At 36 years old, she found a lump and had already lost her employment and health insurance. But with the aid of Komen, she was still able to secure a biopsy, referral, and treatment. She is now cancer-free.
aBoth Condon and Vanvieldt say vigilance and being proactive about health is an important factor for fighting cancer.